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The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) launches the Exo-RO National Rover Competition for High School students

on 20 May 2015

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) in synergy with the European Space Education Resource Office — ESERO Romania launches the Exo-RO National Rover Competition for High School students in order to arouse their interest in space, to increase the quality of education through skills training for young people and, not least, to encourage the promotion of education and future scientists.

The event will run from May to September 2015 and is open to all High School students who attend Romanian educational institutions, aged between 14-19 years when they enter the contest.

Participants can enter the competition in mixed teams (boys and girls) of three students from the same educational institution, coordinated by a science teacher. They will receive the mission to build a small rover, in order for the organisers to test their theoretical and practical knowledge in STEM fields. Their projects will be built following the goals of a planetary exploration robot, which will be designed to meet both the primary and the secondary mission of the competition.

The main scientific mission - mandatory for each team - consists in moving the rover by remote-control to a fixed point notwithstanding the time lag that would exist in reality between the explored location and the control center, the measurement of some parameters (atmospheric pressure and temperature of the environment) and sending images.

The secondary mission is to collect scientific samples and using sensors on board the rover to measure other local parameters (eg. atmospheric composition, light level, humidity) in order to determine the human habitability of the site as well as the posibility of life existence (methane analysis, moisture, pH, radiation etc.) using sensors by choice.

"This competition comes as a natural continuation of the efforts made by the Romanian Space Agency during these 20 years since the reorganisation to attract young audiences to space, to popularize science and not least to encourage talented young people from Romania, visionary and passionate about science, to pursue a career in this field", said Virgiliu Pop, ESERO Romania Manager and scientific researcher of the Romanian Space Agency.

"We believe that the innovation, investment in research and development, creativity, teamwork, professionalism and not least passion — the values which are at the basis of the Exo-RO National Rover Competition — are also the essential attributes in shaping the future scientists and researchers. Therefore, we are confident that we will help young people to establish a scientific or technological career by testing their knowledge in our competition", he added.

Registration in the competition

Registrations are open until 21 June and will be conducted by the coordinating teacher of each team by completing the English electronic form available here. It will include information on the identity of the participants and a summary of the concept that the team wants to develop in the competition, and will be electronically sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Phases of the competition

During the first stage of the Exo-RO National Rover Competition for High School students, one finalist team from each of the eight development regions of the country will be selected.

The 8 development regions of the country are:

  • Region 1 Northeast, composed of the following counties: Bacau, Botosani, Iasi, Neamt, Suceava, Vaslui;
  • Region 2 Southeast, composed of the following counties: Braila, Buzau, Constanta, Galati, Vrancea, Tulcea;
  • Region 3 South, composed of the following counties: Arges, Calarasi, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Ialomita, Prahova, Teleorman;
  • Region 4 Southwest, composed of the following counties: Dolj, Gorj, Mehedinti, Olt, Valcea;
  • Region 5 West, composed of the following counties: Arad, Caras-Severin, Hunedoara and Timis;
  • Region 6 Northwest, composed of the following counties: Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Cluj, Maramures, Salaj and Satu Mare;
  • Region 7 Centre, composed of the following counties: Alba, Brasov, Covasna, Harghita, Mures, Sibiu;
  • Region 8 Bucharest-Ilfov, composed of Bucharest and Ilfov County.

After announcing the competition finalists on 24 June, these teams will develop their projects between 25 June and September.

In this phase of the competition all the participating teams must create a Facebook page with the name of the team to accomplish the challenge to gather a large number of fans, to keep them informed on the progress of their project and to make known their involvment in the Exo-RO competition. The popularization of the project will be one of the evaluation criteria in the final stage of the competition.

The presentation of projects and the awarding ceremony will take place in September 2015, at the Muddy Volcanoes.

More details on the terms and condition and criteria for judging within the competition are available here.

More details about the Exo-RO National Rover Competition for High School students is available on the official website.